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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

THE POOL OF LIFE - SOUTH FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER

As I sit in my office and edit each day or when I'm returning emails, paying bills, etc., this is what I look out over my desk and see. This is part of my view. It's the spa over flowing into our pool. Back home in Indiana we would call these hot tubs. However, in Florida, they aren't hot tubs...they are "spas." Guess that is just another small reason why Naples, Florida was just ranked the 11th happiest and healthiest city to reside in nationwide by USA Today. (out of 162 cities across the country) Even their containers of water sound better. HA!

Either way, something about this small little overflow of water makes my days even better. When I look out into that turquoise mass of water and that stream from the fountain is running, it is calming to me. I eyed it up for weeks before finally deciding that it was camera worthy. I kept saying to myself..."Self, you need to get out there with the camera (a.k.a Big Papa) and take some pictures of that running fountain of peace." So...I eventually did. And these are the shots that came from that moment.

I've come to the conclusion that the reason why I love this simple fountain coming out of the spa and into the pool so much is because the spa fountain is a good analogy or educational word picture for me. It is a daily reminder that life is full of recycled events. Full of running outpours that eventually fade into the great big sea of a deep pool we call life. Streams of events that conglomerate to form one big mass of history. No matter what debris flows from that stream or what beauty sparkles from its grip...in the end, it all ends up in one grand place. In the grand scheme of life - serenaded along side other sparkling moments and other pieces of debris that ultimately get skimmed up and pulled away from the pretty. Away from the sparkling. Even though gone, the debris made the sparkling look even better. Even shinier. Even more refined. The debris and its process helped make the sparkling - the bling of life - all that it is.

I heard a quote the other day from within a song called "Broken." (which is broken on my playlist below right now for some odd reason) The quote reads..."Hitting walls and getting scars only makes you who you are. No matter how much your heart is aching, there is beauty in the breaking." How unbelievably profound, eh? I have a dear friend - one of my best friends from high school - who is beginning a new chapter in her life this week. I am beyond upset that I'm not there in Indiana to ring her doorbell donning a big ol' fat pizza in my hand, a bottle of red wine for her - not me - because she loves a "good red" - all while wearing my pj's - ready for a long night of laughs, cries, and oh so important life altering girlfriend moments. I've said it before but I'll say it again...this is the time - in the era of our thirties - when we realize that our girlfriends are needed now more than ever. This is the age when our parents come down with life threatening illnesses, when marriages are battered and left for dead, when marriages end and those involved must begin new chapters, when dear friends die tragically, when we loose jobs and need to find another, when our children are growing up-putting us thru worry at times and we need to vent to another, and so forth. This list goes on and on. This is the era when girlfriends *must* step up to the plate. You know who you are. If you are the girlfriend that says..."Call me if you need me" instead of showing up and ringing their doorbell before they ever even realize that the other needs you, then you should re-evaluate how you treat and treasure your friendships. We don't get to own the title of "gur-fren" for nothing. Friendships are just like marriages. They are hard work - work that is required by two people - giving and taking when necessary. Depleting and replenishing in a fair way. A balancing act of two souls keenly in tune with one another no matter what the geographical distance.

So when your old chapters in life end and a new chapter begins - when your spa fountain runneth' over into that grand pool of life carrying debris, baggage, or better yet...bling...know that it will all recycle and begin anew no matter how ugly or how pretty. In turn, it will leave you more refined and more polished for the next cup that spills over. We will all have life events or certain individuals that are strong enough to bring us down. Make a valid effort to surround yourself with people, friends, family, etc. that are there to help you prove your strong enough to get back up. And if your on the other side of the spa fountain observing the moments of recycling for others, be sure to be the friend that "acts" rather than just "says" I'm here if you need me. I know from my own personal experiences that the ones hurting never have the energy to ask for help. They are on the floor - barely breathing - when the trenches call. It is up to us to act before they even realize they need us. If you aren't there for your *friends* when they are going thru the depths of hell...when DO you plan to be there for them?

You all know how I feel about friendships. True friends are like rare jewels. Hard to find. Hard to hold onto. Treat them as such.

And to my gur-fren back home who is beginning a new chapter of her life today...remember..."crazy is yo' friend." I love ya girl!

xoxo, Angie

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got chills reading this post! Excellent! Thanks for reminding me that I need to call up a couple of my friends today!
T

2/17/2010 1:21 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Beautifully said!
~Molly P

2/17/2010 1:26 PM  
Blogger Bunny Chic Boutique said...

Amazing post ~ as always!! Your friend is so lucky to have you in her life.

Jayne

2/17/2010 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why am I crying?! Maybe cuz its so true. Thanks for this. Praying for your friend.
Emily

2/18/2010 9:51 AM  
Blogger Preemie mom said...

Wow powerful. thanks for the right words at the right time. How DO you do it, you just seem to know, huh. Anyway, question, are you still doing the sewing thing? I love your designs and thoroughly enjoy drooling over them. LOL
Your awesome, thanks again.
Christina ( apreemie mom)

2/18/2010 9:54 AM  
Blogger Angie Seaman said...

Christina,

To answer your question about AGD, I'm going to work on new jewelry designs in the future but I don't know how often I'll sew a boutique design again. I'm just trying to focus on the photography side of things for now and still crank out some new jewelry pieces for the women. Kenidi is getting so big and is reaching that age where the custom designs for your little girl are just too "young" and frilly so to speak. Ya know? She has always been my muse so it is more challenging now that she is almost 7 and outgrowing all of the ruffles. :) Thanks for askin though. You are such a sweetheart!

Hugs, Angie

2/18/2010 2:28 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Yep..this one had me in tears too....for your friend (who is in my prayers), for you for being such an amazing person, for my friends who I couldn't imagine being able to live without...I know I am truly bessed and you are right..good friends are so hard to find and keep. I have had a rough few days. I am exhausted and have been very emotional but reading your blog always seems to bring peace to me and always makes me smile. Thank you for just being you!!

2/18/2010 10:40 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Great post!

2/20/2010 10:47 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Great post!

2/20/2010 10:47 AM  

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